Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies state that almost 80% of homes in the United States are more than 20 years old, with 40% being over 50 years old – and sporting all the issues that go along with aging too, including faulty or inefficient heating systems. This has contributed to a rise in the popularity of remodeling, with homeowners choosing to build upon the property they have and make it work for them, rather than moving somewhere new. If you’re thinking about remodeling, whether it’s just a room or two or a whole accommodation revamp, here are some things to consider when you think about how you’d like to heat the water in your home.
Replacement versus repair
If you’re on a budget, or you’d rather reuse and recycle than invest in something new, there are many ways to take existing systems and bring them back to life. A water heating system is integral to the functioning of a home, and being left without one can be a challenge. It could be cheaper to invest in heater repair (the average repair cost is only $506) rather than investing in a whole new system, and if your system is only a few years old then it’s probably worth it to ensure a few more years of happy hot water service.
For water heaters that are a little bit older, or if you want to invest in new energy efficient technology or smart systems, it may be better to get a completely new set-up. It may also be possible to integrate systems that are already in place with new technology that will enhance them – think smart meters, intelligent energy and solar thermal systems, or photovoltaic panels, for example. In many cases, it’ll actually work out a lot cheaper in the long run to replace the entire thing, ensuring you’ll have an efficient hot water service that you can enjoy for a long time without issue.
Size does matter
If you’re extending or altering your property substantially as part of a remodel, don’t forget that changing your home may equal a change in the capacity requirement for your water heater too. Many hot water heating systems use a tank, which might not be big enough if you are adding more people, rooms or hot water appliances, or may be too big and result in additional costs and reduced energy efficiency if you’re downsizing. Check how your plans will affect water consumption, and invest in a new larger or smaller tank if you need to.
If you want to carry out a remodeling project that looks great, minimizes disruption, and offers sustainable living for the future, then recycling and repair of your existing system or replacement with an energy efficient alternative are both good ways to go. Before you begin any remodel, you can research all the possibilities that are out there and match them to your requirements to make sure you find the perfect water heating solution for your new, improved home.